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They Call It The “Palin Effect”

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2008

Since last weeks announcement of Sarah Palin as the Republican VP Nominee the McCain Campaign has taken in over $10 million in donations – in two and a half days. John McCain was quoted over the weekend saying that if he knew Palin could generate this much excitement he would have selected her a month ago.

As has been previously reported Palin’s announcement took the pulls from Obama’s post convention bump of Obama up by six back to McCain up by two.

Yesterday John McCain appeared with Sarah Palin as well as Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee in St Louis on a VERY hot day; 17,000 people showed up. Bloggers and media pundits have been calling it the “Palin Effect”.

Here is a C-Span video of the event. After Huckabee, Romney and McCain gave a brief statement they got out of the way and let Palin be herself. After seeing this video it becomes easy to see why she generates so much excitement.

Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail had this to day about Palin (excerpts):


From Saturday’s Globe and Mail August 29, 2008 at 11:30 PM EDT

Denver – She is a former beauty queen with a tough-as-nails reputation on government ethics and a track record of standing up to her own party. She is an evangelical Christian and a National Rifle Association member, and returned to her job as Governor of Alaska just days after giving birth to her fifth child. Her elder son will deploy to Iraq next month; her younger was born in April with Down syndrome.

And yesterday, 44-year-old Sarah Palin, an avid hunter with a taste for moose burgers, became the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nominee.

“Sarah Palin for her entire political career has been underestimated,” said Paulette Simpson of the Alaska Federation of Republican Women. “She’s tough, she’s tenacious. I believe that she does have what it takes to get out there.”

In her youth, Ms. Palin played basketball, earning the nickname Barracuda for her aggressive style of play, and friends say that nickname still fits.

“The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah,” pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign, told the conservative Weekly Standard magazine in 2007.

In 1984, she was the runner-up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant, having won a local qualifier in which she had played the flute and earned the title of Miss Congeniality.

News of her pregnancy was kept quiet at first while Ms. Palin went about her work as governor, and her water broke while she was attending an energy conference in Texas. She reportedly delivered a 30-minute speech before flying home, where she delivered the baby boy the next morning.

In 1992 she was elected mayor of Wasilla at age 32, and served two terms before running for lieutenant-governor.

She lost that election, but was appointed in 2003 as ethics commissioner for the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

It was in this role that she got her reputation as a tough critic of her own party. She exposed ethical violations by the state’s Republican Party Chairman, Randy Ruedrich, an AOGCC commissioner.

In 2005, she co-filed an ethics complaint against Attorney-General Gregg Renkes, whom she found had a financial interest in a company involved in a trade deal that he was helping to craft.

Both men resigned, but Ms. Palin, too, left her post, citing a “lack of ethics” within the state’s Republican leadership.

She ran for governor in 2006 on a pledge to bring principles to the party, and became the first woman and the youngest person to hold the state’s highest office. To get there, she defeated two former governors in the primary and general elections, including the former Republican senator who had appointed her AOGCC ethics commissioner during his gubernatorial term.

Alaskan Carrie Hollier, a 27-year-old supporter of Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama, said she would feel some wistfulness about not voting for a governor she admires.

“It definitely makes it difficult, because you can’t help but love Sarah Palin. She never comes across as full-on Republican.”


One Response to “They Call It The “Palin Effect””

  1. Scott said

    What a nightmare!!!!

    [Scott – Gov. Palin can raise so much money so fast, that in four years the far left screaming “nightmare” may very well become a reality.

    She was a nightmare to the corrupt machine she brought down in Alaska, I canmt wait to see her go after Congres. By the way, have you seen how many lobbyists and Fannie Mae people are on Obama’s transition team? – Editor]

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